SEBRING, Fla. (January 23, 2014) – For the second consecutive night Will Coleman of Jupiter, Fla. will sleep on the lead at the NEC Series-PGA TOUR Latinoamérica’s final Qualifying Tournament for the 2014 season.
The 30-year old started the third round at 4:40 p.m. and is at 6-under through three holes. Play was suspended due to darkness at 5:54 p.m. and none of the players in the second wave were able to finish.
“I really came in here with no expectations, just trying to go through my process and (take) care of what I needed to do on the golf course," said Coleman, who opened with two 69s to take the 36-hole lead. "I haven’t (looked) at a leaderboard yet this week, trying not to worry about what I can’t control. I guess I’m doing a good job, managing my game and putting really well.”
Originally from Maryland, Coleman lives in Jupiter and is looking to claim back the card for a second season in Latin America.
“I played ten events (on this Tour) last season," he said. "I didn’t know what was I getting into when I went down last year and I was pleasantly surprised. I can’t wait to finish this week to get a card and go back.”
Coleman finished this day holding a two-shot lead over Cody Gribble of Dallas, Texas and Stephen Jaeger of Munich, Germany. Five other players are currently tied for fourth at 3-under.
In order to speed up play on Friday, Tour officials have decided to keep the same groups for the fourth round. That final round is expected to start Friday by 9:30 a.m.
Originally scheduled to finish on Friday, this Qualifying Tournament will be finishing on Saturday morning at the Sun ‘N Lake Golf Club’s Deer Run Golf Course.
Weather/Delay. Sunny and clear. Temperatures steady in the low 50s. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph. Play was scheduled to resume at 7:20 a.m. on Thursday, but a frost delay delayed the resumption until 8:20 am. The third round began at 10:30 a.m.
Round 3 lowest scores:
67 (-5) Kevin Roy (USA)
68 (-4) Robbie Greenwell (CAN)
WD: Jeffrey Hamm (USA)
DQ: Jason Rosetti (USA)
What’s at stake? This week’s competitors are battling for NEC Series-PGA TOUR Latinoamérica cards for the 2014 season. The leading 20 will earn full status, while the rest of the players finishing in the top 45 and ties will earn conditional status.
The season ahead. The 2014 season of NEC Series-PGA TOUR Latinoamérica will consist of 16 events in 10 countries across Latin America. The season, to be played in two swings, will begin on Feb. 17 with the Colombian Open in Bucaramanga, Colombia. The season will be a race for players looking to finish the year among Los Cinco – the Order of Merit’s Top 5 – who will earn playing status on the Web.com Tour in 2015. By competing on NEC Series-PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, players also have the opportunity to earn status on PGA TOUR Canada and exemptions into the second and final stages of the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament.